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  • Hello,

    I would like to shut off auto-save in the admin panel. I save often so I don’t believe I need it.

    Many times I go to save then publish a post, and have to wait for auto-save to stop saving the draft first.

    Thank you

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  • This auto-save of my posts as I pause during my typing is getting more and more in my way.

    Is there a way to shut it off ?

    Thanks !

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    There is no way to turn it off without hacking the core code.

    Auto-save functionality is somewhat critical to WordPress 2.5, and it cannot be easily disabled without breaking other things as well.

    It is annoying, and I wish that there was an easy way to disable it or reduce its frequency.

    Moderator Samuel Wood (Otto)

    (@otto42) Admin

    What’s so annoying about it? If it’s annoying, then it’s not working properly on your browser or server or what have you. Because it’s totally in the background on a correct installation. You never notice it working. It never interrupts your typing.

    In other words, if you are experiencing problems with it, then you should focus on fixing those problems, not on disabling the thing.

    I think I know what bothers him. Sometimes, in 2.5.0 you got 2-3 drafts of the same post but with different progress. It seems fine now in 2.5.1…at least for me 🙂

    It gets in my way. Many times in the past month I have had small edits to make on one post. For over 1,000 posts.

    It is silly for it to save every time I pause between edits.

    One save, which I can take care of for myself, is all that is needed.

    As for drafts, I always save the draft when I am done with it. I don’t need wp to be saving it to a draft status when I am about to either save to draft myself, or save and publish it myself.

    I guess if I wanted a number of drafts around, it would be a solution. But I don’t need it.

    It saves every few seconds. I don’t need that.

    I make an edit and start scrolling down the post, it saves. I don’t need that.

    I put in the post title and click on the post body, it saves. I don’t need that. When I finish with the post I’ll either save it as a draft or save/publish it. If I was concerned I might lose it in the short time I aqm working on it, I’ll type it up off line and then do a copy and paste.

    I have no need of the auto-save. All other software I use that has such a feature, I can stop or disable it. Campaign Cartographer, mapping software, has the feature and the company that makes it has it set to easily disable it as many users of CC3 don’t like auto-save.

    As someone who has spent 20 years in computer tech support I am always ready to learn new things; however, I fail to see how auto-save can be critical to software.

    If anyone thinks I’m being stupid, then give me a good reason to not have it disabled.

    But try to relate it to my editing needs, as I have just posted above the many reasons I have no use for it.

    I’m not trying to be grouchy, but frankly this is a feature I have no
    need for. There should be away to disable it.

    Is that clear ? Note, I’m not trying to ruffle feathers, I am looking for a solution to something I see as unnecessary.


    Ah, found it and change the interval from 60 to 6000.

    Works fine now, which is out of my way. The only thing that happened was it warned me I was editing a file. Yup, I know. I’m the only user.

    The only reason you would like that autosave to be there is your computer crashes/power failure/internet downtime. That way if you write a couple hundred words you are going to be extremly pissed.
    That autosave feature actually saved my ass a few times, but it also annoyed me plenty of times…
    Depends how you look at it 🙂

    I save often on my own. So I don’t need it.

    I also do export and use the export in phpadmin as well as I edit or add new posts.

    Ah, found it and change the interval from 60 to 6000.


    define( ‘AUTOSAVE_INTERVAL’, 60 ); // Autosave interval in

    It is in wp-settings.php

    I find the free Agent Ransack locator better than most:

    My issue is that I am an administrator for the blog and I get an email every time a contributor pauses in their typing. I can get 50 emails easy when a contributor is typing one blog. Each email asks me to publish the article, but the person is not done yet. I only want these emails when they press submit for review.

    Is it possible to do that?

    No idea, but that sounds like something that needs to be fixed.

    Hmm. Evidently that isn’t the setting.

    I started typing in the title of the post first, and clicked on body of post part, and it saved the draft. I’ll keep looking.

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